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What is a Statute of Limitations Law and How Does it Affect Me?

  • By:David Vitola

 

A statute of limitations law sets the maximum of time that can occur before a legal proceeding is permanently abandoned. In other words, its sets a time limit on how long you have to file suit. A plaintiff’s ability to file suit expires when this time limit runs out.

The reason this exists is because the court wants to encourage people to resolve their legal disputes quickly and efficiently. The courts do not want people worrying about being sued 20 years after the fact. The courts also want to discourage this because evidence that would have shed light about the case could be lost, destroyed, or forgotten, which would make it even more difficult to resolve the case. As a result of these concerns, the Statute of Limitations was born and exists as a legal mechanism to get cases moving quickly and efficiently.

You are probably wondering by now, “How does this statute affect me?” For most people involved in car accidents, the statute of limitations is inconsequential, seeing an attorney is one of the first things people do after getting into an accident and they should never have to worry about the statue of limitations passing. However, this statute is still important because some people may be hesitant to institute a legal action against another. Being aware of this statute also helps clear up some of the more confusing legal jargon that attorneys can use.

While this seems like a simple enough concept, it can become very complicated. There are situations that can arise within a case where the statute of limitations becomes important. In these situations, you will need an experienced attorney who knows the proper path to take.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, call John today at 352-796-1390 and get the experience you deserve.

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